Peyton Manning: Second Half of Season Will Be Even Better Than First

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent INovember 11, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 04:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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From the unemployment line to the NFL MVP favorite, Peyton Manning has enjoyed a bit of success to kick off his Denver Broncos tenure. 

And he's just getting started.

Through eight games, the elder Manning has accumulated 2,404 yards with 20 touchdowns while only turning the ball over seven times. Since there are still eight games left, I crunched some numbers using some extremely complicated math formulas to determine that his pace projects to 4,808 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Not bad for some old guy with a bum neck. 

But those numbers are obviously completely dependent on how Manning performed thus far and don't take into account certain variables, so they're most likely wrong. 

And entirely too low.

Manning is successful thanks to his natural abilities and an incredibly tireless work ethic. Now that he has some actual game film of him with his new mates, he will surely find new ways to improve everyone's output.

Don't shake your head. You know it's true. 

However, Manning's freakish preparation procedure isn't the only reason that his numbers are going to skyrocket. Check out the Broncos' schedule.

There isn't a good passing defense left. The best from a yards-per-attempt standpoint would be the San Diego Chargers, who come in at 12th in the league (6.9 YPA). 

Here's betting that Manning isn't too afraid of that Chargers defense. In case you were already in bed once Denver started mounting its comeback, Manning shredded San Diego's secondary to the tune of 309 yards and three touchdowns. 

In addition to the Chargers, there are two meetings with the Kansas City Chiefs, a sure-to-be shootout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a date with the matadors that compose the Oakland Raiders defense.

All of those games will add up to some juicy numbers for Old Man Manning. And they'll also add up to a fifth MVP trophy.